Hopkinton Today: Thursday, Aug. 20

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Good morning, Hopkinton! Welcome to the daily update we call Hopkinton Today — a quick recap of yesterday’s news, highlights of what’s on tap, and a video or two to brighten your morning.

Select Board member Amy Ritterbusch expressed dismay with the “false rumor mill” in town that contributed to Saturday’s India Day incident, which she calls “biased-based.” “It really bothers me that false rumors are being spread, and I don’t know if it is on purpose or accidental,” she said.

Health Department director Shaun McAuliffe, in his update to the Select Board, said he has encountered an uncooperative COVID-19 positive resident for the first time, making tracing difficult, and he said he is working on “solutions” for the basketball court closures that have upset many residents.

During his appearance on Wednesday’s Hopkinton Hangout Hour on HCAM, town clerk Connor Degan provided more information about the newly rescheduled Town Meeting, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 12, at 9:30 a.m. A tent will be set up in the bus loop directly in front of Hopkinton High School to accommodate about 200 people (socially distanced), with additional residents able to watch but not be protected from the elements.

The town’s latest COVID-19 update includes information about Town Meeting, primary election voting, the Hopkinton Public Library and more.

After receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence, Hopkinton High School teacher Doug Scott talked about his approach to teaching and why it works for him.

The School Committee meets tonight (7), as does the Appropriation Committee (6), the Capital Improvement Committee (6) and the Sandy Beach Ad-Hoc Committee (7).

Photo of the Day: Kerry Kleckner’s picture of a ruby-throated hummingbird feeding on a petunia is the winner of the Independent’s photo contest this week.

Photo contest winner 8-19-20

Video of the Day:

Hopkinton Independent house ad